In My Own Words
I’m Dan Overes, a former Information Technology manager who worked in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In September of 2016 I was part of a department-wide “reorganization” which forced me to reevaluate where I wanted to go with my career. After seventeen years of loyalty and dedication to the same employer it was an unexpected turn of events. I took a few months off in what I called my “trial retirement” while waiting for the next big thing to come along.
In March of 2017 I joined the staff of Bucar’s RV Centre in Balzac, Alberta working in the Parts Department. After more than two decades of I.T., stepping into a new role in a new industry is a major shock to my system.
I have been into computers since getting my first Commodore VIC-20 more than thirty years ago. I was active in the Calgary BBS scene in the early 1990s and made computers my profession in 1998. I have had a presence on the Internet since 1999 although I didn’t register DanOCan.com until March of 2010.
Born and raised in southern Alberta, I have always been interested in the historic and abandoned locations scattered around the prairies. In 2007 I met a group of like-minded individuals for a “Ghost Town Convention” in Saskatchewan and this sparked a desire to document these places via photography. Once described by a friend as a someone who “bleeds passion”, I have spent countless hours driving thousands of kilometers along dusty back roads seeking forgotten places to capture with my camera.
It was at the Ghost Town Convention in 2011 when I met Emily who became my fiancée in September of 2012. We were married in January of 2015 in Las Vegas. One year later we were finally able to get permanent residence status for her in Canada and we were able to drop the “long distance” modifier from our relationship. Now we’re just your typical married couple, except we share a passion for backroad exploration, oversized roadside attractions, and offbeat places that most tourists never bother to see.
When we’re not working and exploring, we live in the town of Cochrane, AB. We had an English Springer Spaniel named Tucker who accompanied us on our adventures until he died suddenly in August of 2020. We thought it might take us a long time before we were ready to bring another dog into our lives but in seemingly no time at all we had adopted a three-year-old mixed breed dog named Mabel from the Cochrane and Area Humane Society. She is always ready for a good road trip and has quickly adapted to life with “The OCans”.